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Name:    Garnet, Henry Highland
Category:  African-American Experience, Religion
Born/Started:    1815
Died/Ended:    1882
Description:    Henry Highland Garnet was born a slave in Maryland in 1824, and escaped with his parents to Pennsylvania when he was nine. He became a minister and abolitionist.. He died in 1882.

Detailed Description:
Garnet was an active member of the American Anti-Slavery Society. In 1843, at the national Convention of Colored People in Buffalo, New York, he made his famous speech where he called for a general strike and an armed revolt. The idea was voted down his motion, which was opposed by famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Garnet continued to advocate violence as a means to end slavery if peaceful means failed. After the Civil War, Garnet served as pastor at several prominent churches in Washington, D.C. and New York. He was President of Avery College in Pittsburgh and spent several years as a missionary in Jamaica. In 1881, he was appointed U.S. Minister to Liberia. (Wright)



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